Sep 14

JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible’

By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. Sometimes, we’re just trying to find out where […]


Aug 24

Japan Writers Conference

Tom Baker (Chiba, 1989-91) recently posted a video about the Japan Writers Conference on his Tokyo Tom Baker blog. One of the writers featured in it is novelist and anthology editor Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima, 1988-90). Also shown is novelist Holly Thompson, who first came to Japan in connection with the pre-JET MEF program. The Japan […]


Nov 14

Gemma Vidal (Okayama-ken, 2010-12) is a recently returned JET seeking work in licensing/merchandising (if it’s within the publishing industry, even better!). You can usually find her in her little web spaces Gem in the Rough and Peachy Keen (her JET adventures) or training with San Jose Taiko.  If you know of any authors/aspiring writers you’d like to see […]


Jun 7

SCBWI Tokyo Illustration Day with John Shelley

SCBWI-Tokyo Publicity Assistant Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima 1988-90) shares the following: Sunday August 19, 2012 SCBWI Tokyo Illustration Day with John Shelley: Breathing Life Into Your Pictures Power up your pictures! Give your illustrations vitality and zest! This SCBWI Tokyo Illustration Day featuring illustrator John Shelley will focus on techniques that children’s illustrators use to create […]


May 8

SCBWI Tokyo Translation Day 2012: Bringing Japanese Teen Literature to the World

(posted by Suzanne Kamata, Tokushima ’88-’90) Saturday, June 16, 2012 SCBWI Tokyo Translation Day 2012: Bringing Japanese Teen Literature to the World A day of presentations, critiques, and conversation for published and pre-published translators of Japanese children’s literature into English, with a focus on young adult (YA) literature. This event is made possible by Yokohama […]


Mar 19

JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Tomo: Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories’

  By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. If you could know your future cause of death, would you choose to know? This is the question posed by “Yamada-san’s Toaster,” one of the short stories in the new fiction anthology Tomo: Friendship […]


Feb 24

Launch of Tomo anthology to benefit teens in Tohoku

Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima 1988-90),  Publicity Assistant for SCBWI-Tokyo shares this: Saturday, March 10, 2012 Tomo Anthology Launch: An Evening of Readings, Discussion and Reflection Time:     Saturday, March 10, 2012, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Place:     Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (by the Children’s Castle and United Nations University).              For a map see […]


Oct 21

Agent Day in Yokohama with Mary Kole, October 29

Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima 1988-90),  Publicity Assistant for SCBWI-Tokyo shares this: Agent Day with Mary Kole, October 29 Time:              Saturday October 29, 2011 Place:                             Yokohama International School, Middle Building, Cafeteria For access information and maps visit www.yis.ac.jp Fee:          5,000 yen SCBWI members 8,000 yen nonmembers Reservations Required: To register visit www.scbwi.jp This event will […]


Oct 5

  JET Alum Author Beat is a new feature by Ling Tran (Saga-ken, 2009-11) intended to keep readers informed of what various JET alum authors are up to.  Contact Ling at jetwit [at] jetwit.com if you’d like to see something included in upcoming posts. She is also interested in providing exposure for aspiring authors/writers among alumni […]


Apr 27

Event: Two Artists, Two Expressions

Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Tokyo, shared the following:   The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents  Two Artists Two Expressions Colored Pencil Workshop with Katsuya Takahashi and Daniel Schallau Time:         Saturday, May 21, 2011, […]


Nov 7

SCBWI-Tokyo Event – Leonard Marcus on Advice from a Legendary Editor

Posted by Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima, ’88-’90): The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents Children’s Literature Scholar Leonard Marcus: Advice from a Legendary Editor: How Ursula Nordstrom Made Children’s Books That Last Time:     Sunday, November 28, 2010, 10-11:30 a.m. Place:    Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo by the Children’s Castle […]


Oct 2

  The 4th annual Japan Writers Conference will be held Oct. 10-11 in Tokyo with 30 writers giving 50-minute presentations about the artistic and business sides of their respective fields, which inlcude fiction, poetry, journalism and even EFL textbook writing. At least four of the presenters are former JETs. The venue is the Ekoda Campus […]


Apr 28

SCBWI Tokyo Translation Day 2010: Bringing Japanese Children’s Books to the World

Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following: “A day of presentations, critiques, and conversation for published and pre-published translators of Japanese children’s literature (picture books through young adult) into English.” Date: June 12, 2010 (Saturday) Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Place: Yokohama International School, […]


Mar 4

SCBWI Event – Writer Jane Kurtz in Tokyo

Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents   Friday, April 2, 2010   Details, Details: The Snap, Crackle, and Pop of Good Writing with author Jane Kurtz Time:    […]


Dec 17

JET Alum Liz Sheffield interviews “Love In Translation” author Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

Author, manuscript consultant and blogger Liz Sheffield (Hokkaio-ken, Sapporo-shi, 1993-95) has a great post on her blog Motherlogue about a new book out titled Midori by Moonlight by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga.  Here’s Liz’s explanation of the background: About a year ago I read Wendy Nelson Tokunaga’s debut novel, Midori by Moonlight. I was thrilled to […]


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